National Immigration Law Center
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Our mission is to defend & advance the rights & opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.

Health Care


FIXING HEALTH CARE MEANS that everyone in America should have quality, affordable health care. We all should pay our fair share and have the opportunity to purchase health insurance that we can afford. Immigrants should contribute and be able to obtain affordable health insurance just like everyone else in the U.S.

Health Care Reform (Affordable Care Act of 2010, or ACA)
Fact sheets, advocacy tools, eligibility information, FAQs. (The programs and policies enacted under the ACA are also sometimes referred to as “Obamacare.”)

Immigrant Children & Pregnant Women
Includes options to extend Medicaid and CHIP coverage under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, or CHIPRA, and advocacy opportunities provided by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

Uninsured Immigrants & the Health Care Safety Net
How certain immigrants are excluded from insurance coverage and the consequences of being uninsured.

Health Care Issues in Immigration Reform 2013-2014
Frequently asked questions, issue briefs, analysis.

Information from NILC  |  Other Resources

TABLE: Medical Assistance Programs for Immigrants in Various States (PDF)
This table describes state policies for providing health coverage to certain immigrants, under federal options to cover lawfully residing children and pregnant women, regardless of their date of entry into the U.S., or to provide prenatal care to women regardless of status, using Children's Health Insurance Program funds. It also describes immigrant coverage under programs using exclusively state funds.